QUOTE (salvador @ Jun 15 2009, 09:13 AM)
You know, when everyone was saying he was guaranteed $15MM for this fight I knew it couldn't be true.
But it IS true. In fact, he was probably going to get more depending on the PPV sales.
HBO and GBP GREATLY overestimated Mayweather's value. They made their decision without considering all of the other variables in the equation. They assumed the success of Mayweather-DLH and Mayweather-Hatton meant Mayweather had crossed over, but the reality is that he hasn't.
Mayweather has decided to play the part of the bad guy and as such, he needs a dance partner that people believe has a chance to beat him. Those lofty numbers were mainly due to the fact that people were under the impression that those two guys (De La Hoya and Hatton) had a shot at being the first to beat Floyd.
When you decide to play the role of the bad guy, it's very difficult to become a crossover star simply because you're not liked. Manny Pacquiao will be a more successful crossover star because he's a nice guy and that will translate into better sales no matter the opponent. Mayweather, on the other hand, will have a much more difficult time being a crossover star because people don't like him. If HBO and GBP would have watched Dancing With The Stars, they could have come to that conclusion pretty quickly. I mean, Floyd was voted off in week 4...he was voted off BEFORE all of the following:
Don't get me wrong, it's a dance competition and all, but for the most part, it's a popularity contest...whoever has the bigger fan base will stay on the show regardless of how good or bad you dance. If that's not true, there's no way that Emmit Smith would have beat Mario Lopez...there's no way that Billy Ray Cyrus, Jerry Springer or Cloris Leachman would have been on the show as long as they were.
I mean, the guy got voted off before a freakin Cheetah Girl...a CHEETAH GIRL!!!! That's all they needed to know to realize that he didn't have a big fan base.
On a side note, speaking of Dancing With The Stars, I heard a rumor that Shane Mosley may actually appear on the next season...but that's a different story.
The only time people are going to want to see Floyd fight is when they think someone can beat him. The public has deemed Marquez, a guy who last fought at lightweight, as not being one of those guys.
Don't be surprised if they decide to scrap the fight entirely and replace Marquez with a different opponent.